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Ready for the ride. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
Ready for the ride
STOKR organizer Susie Rice gives the riders last minute announcements on Saturday morning.

Line of riders. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
Line of riders
Saturday's rides had riders starting out at the Libby Chamber Visitor Center, then going west on US Hwy 2 towards Troy. The short ride returned to Libby. The longer ride went up to Yaak, then over Pipe Creek Pass, and back to Libby.

Cruisin' in for pie. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
Cruisin' in for pie
Riding down Pipe Creek Road on the 98-mile ride on Saturday.

Rainy Sunday ride. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
Rainy Sunday ride
The Sunday ride crew braved the rain to ride along the haul road and up to Libby Dam and back, approximately 37 miles round trip.

Checking Names. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
Checking Names
Libby Dam Park Ranger Mark Andreason checks the names list before allowing each rider across the top of the dam. The dam has been closed to the public since 9-11 in 2001.

Riding fast. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
Riding fast
The ride down from Libby Dam goes a lot faster than the climb up!
STOKR 2007: Photo Gallery
Scenic Tour of the Kootenai River Bike Ride, May 12-13, 2007
by Maggie Craig and Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com
May 13, 2007

Editor's Note: Organizers asked us to post this LOST & FOUND:
- A pair of reading glasses.
- A brooch-type watch left in the porta potty at the Summit.
- A Pearl Izumi windbreaker size XL.
- A grey and black Columbia vest. CLAIMED
- One REI glove. CLAIMED
- One water bottle.

If one of the above is yours, please contact Greg or Susie to retrieve. Also, if you would like to be identified in any of the pictures in our photo gallery, please e-mail us and tell us which photo and the names and we'll update our captions. If you have a great picture you took during the ride and would like to have it included in this story, please send it in! We welcome photos from anyone who would like to add a picture to this story, E-mail: info@libbymt.com.
_____________________________________________

The 13th Annual Scenic Tour of the Kootenai River (STOKR) bike ride was held Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13th. The event is a fundraiser for the Kootenai Valley Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Funds raised go towards building affordable housing for low-income families in the Libby area.

Riders came from Alaska, California, Idaho, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming and Montana, as well as from Alberta and British Columbia, Canada to participate in this year's event.

The bike ride was limited to 400 entrants, 50 more this year than last year. The ride slots filled in a day and a half this year. Everyone who got their registration forms in postmarked February 15th, opening day, made it in, and the remainder filled from the applications postmarked the 16th.

The two-day ride has three race routes available, two on Saturday and one on Sunday morning. Riders had the choice of a short ride or a long ride on Saturday. The short route took bikers from Libby into Troy and back again. The 98-mile longer route book bikers from Libby to Troy, up the Yaak highway to the Dirty Shame Saloon, then up steep Pipe Creek road and pass over into Libby. Sunday's ride will go upriver from Libby to the Libby Dam and back again.

The weather was beautiful and sunny on Saturday, with temperatures in the high 70's. Everything was very green in the valleys with just a hint of snow at the top of Pipe Creek Pass. A weather system rolled in Saturday night bringing thunderstorms and lightning. By Sunday morning, all that was left was a drizzly rain, dropping temperatures into the 50's. There were about half the riders in Sunday's ride as there were on Saturday.

There were two riders injured in this yearís STOKR. Injuries have been a rarity in the 13-year history of the STOKR ride. One rider hit a hole on the descent and went over her handlebars. She got stitches for her injuries at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital in Libby. The second accident, unrelated to the first, also happened on the long ride on Saturday. In that accident, a rider turned his head to look back at what might be coming up behind him on the Pipe Creek Road about two miles before the Pie Stop and he accidentally overlapped his wheel with the wheel of another rider next to him, causing him to wreck and tumble on the pavement. Fortunately, his helmet absorbed the brunt of the impact to his head. Dr. Greg Rice from Libby, and Dr. Barbara Smit, an Ophthalmologist from Spokane, Washington, were riding not far behind and came upon the scene shortly after it happened. They, along with some help from the STOKR support staff and vehicles, were able to stabilize the injured man until the Libby Volunteer Ambulance EMTs could be alerted. Because there is no cell reception in much of that area, someone had to drive down to the Red Dog farther down the road to get to a phone to call for help. The injured man spent the night at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital for treatment and observation.

Many volunteers and community members come together to help make STOKR possible each year. Volunteers bake and cook goodies for the food stops and lunch meals, drive support and sag vehicles, do emergency bike repairs, help with signs and paperwork, man the checkpoints, set up/take down/clean-up crews, and more. Without their help, this event would not be possible.

Sponsors for this yearís STOKR were: Clif, The Western News, St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital, First National Bank of Montana, Rosauers, Glacier Bank, Venture Motor Inn, Plum Creek, J M F, Flathead Electric Company, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Western States Insurance Agency, The Printing Press and LibbyMT.com. Special thanks also to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office for escort vehicles and the Libby Volunteer Ambulance for emergency medical response, treatment and transport.

STOKR is always held the second weekend in May. Next year's STOKR will be May 10-11th. Mark your calendars and get your registration form in early!

Photos by Maggie Craig and Dawn Ballou-LibbyMT.com, and by Kyle Haugen, as indicated in the photo mouse-over tags.



Related Links
  • STOKR - More information
  • 2006 STOKR Photo Gallery - (Saturday ride) Troy - Yaak - Pipe Creek Loop
  • 2006 STOKR Photo Gallery - (Sunday ride) Kootenai River - Libby Dam Loop

  • Waiting to start. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Waiting to start
    This year's STOKR admitted 400 riders, 50 more than in previous years.

    Susie addresses the crowd. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Susie addresses the crowd
    Event organizer Susie Rice has information for the riders before they start.

    We're Off!. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    We're Off!
    The start of STOKR is an impressive sight as 400 bicyclists roll out of the Chamber parking lot.

    Bikes on Roadway. Photo by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com.
    Bikes on Roadway
    The ride was very well signed to alert motorists of bicyclists on the roadway.

    Enjoying the ride. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Enjoying the ride
    The ride along the Kootenai River west of town is a great way to start Saturday's STOKR.

    STOKR Support Truck. Photo by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com.
    STOKR Support Truck
    There were many "Support" trucks interspersed through the course to help riders who broke down or needed a lift.

    Learning the ropes. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Learning the ropes
    The ride provided an opportunity to pass along some instruction to this young rider.

    Leaving the first food stop. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Leaving the first food stop
    The first food stop was at the Mormon Church near Troy.

    Kootenai River from Yaak Hill. Photo by Kyle Haugen.
    Kootenai River from Yaak Hill
    View of the Kootenai River on Saturday from the Yaak Hill. Photo courtesy Kyle Haugen.

    At Yaak Falls. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    At Yaak Falls
    Yaak Falls is a beautiful spot to stop along the route.

    Yaak Falls. Photo by Kyle Haugen.
    Yaak Falls
    View of Yaak Falls on Saturday. Photo courtesy Kyle Haugen.

    Our friends from Calgary.... Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Our friends from Calgary...
    ...who love to have their picture taken.

    This one's for the guys.... Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    This one's for the guys...

    ...and here's to the gals. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    ...and here's to the gals

    Kyle Haugen. Photo by Kyle Haugen.
    Kyle Haugen
    Kyle Haugen at Yaak Falls. Photo courtesy Kyle Haugen.

    Scenic Yaak River. Photo by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com.
    Scenic Yaak River
    The long loop took riders along the scenic Yaak River.

    Also along the Yaak River. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Also along the Yaak River
    Beautiful scenery abounds.

    Lunch at the Dirty Shame. Photo by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com.
    Lunch at the Dirty Shame
    Lunch for Saturday's long loop ride was held on the lawn of the Dirty Shame Saloon up in the Yaak.

    One BIG Sandwich. Photo by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com.
    One BIG Sandwich
    That's a LONG sandwich! (Thank you Subway!)

    Here they are again. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Here they are again
    Looking perky at the Dirty Shame.

    KLCB Duane serves soup. Photo by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com.
    KLCB Duane serves soup
    Duane Williams, famous Libby radio DJ, serves "to die for" soup at the Yaak lunch stop on the lawn of the Dirty Shame Saloon.

    Yaak Food Stop. Photo by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com.
    Yaak Food Stop
    Riders had lunch on the lawn of the Dirty Shame Saloon in the Yaak.

    Stretching Out. Photo by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com.
    Stretching Out
    Riders stretched out during the Yaak lunch stop, getting ready for the long climb up Pipe Creek Pass.

    Pastoral Yaak Valley. Photo by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com.
    Pastoral Yaak Valley
    The Yaak valley along Pipe Creek Road was green and serene.

    Susie & Greg. Photo by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com.
    Susie & Greg
    Greg & Susie Rice, STOKR organizers, reach the top of the long climb to the Pipe Creek Summit on Saturday.

    Injured biker. Photo by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com.
    Injured biker
    A biker was thrown from his bike on the Pipe Creek Road descent when his wheel accidently connected with another rider's bike. His helmet protected his head, but he got scraped up and may have broken some bones. Fortunately, two doctors were riding not far behind him (Dr. Greg Rice and Dr. Barbara Smit) and helped him until the ambulance from Libby arrived.

    Into the ambulance. Photo by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com.
    Into the ambulance
    The injured rider is carefully loaded into the ambulance and taken to the hospital in town. Libby has a volunteer ambulance service. There was no cell phone service at the location of the accident, so someone had to be sent to go to the Red Dog Saloon, miles down the road, to call for the ambulance. Kudos to the Libby Ambulance EMTs for their quick response to this accident.

    Yum. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Yum
    Picking which piece of pie to try is a dilemma.

    Enjoying a break. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Enjoying a break
    The ride is nearly done, and pie hits the spot. The Pie Stop is the last food-rest stop for the Saturday long ride.

    Starting up the Haul Road. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Starting up the Haul Road
    The bicyclists rode past the new Habitat house under construction in Libby, and then headed up the Haul Road on the way to Libby Dam on Sunday.

    Family Fun. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Family Fun
    Many riders make STOKR a family event and bring along kids for the ride.

    Sunday ride. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Sunday ride

    Riding with your best friend. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Riding with your best friend

    STOKR Sunday ride. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    STOKR Sunday ride

    To the dam. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    To the dam
    (That photographer is everywhere!)

    Friendly Riders. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Friendly Riders
    STOKR riders are always very friendly and wave when passing by. These friendly folks just made it to the top of the road to Libby Dam on Sunday's ride.

    Coming in to the checkpoint. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Coming in to the checkpoint
    Steve prepares to stop at the Libby Dam checkpoint.

    Security Stop. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Security Stop
    Libby Dam Park Ranger, Mark Andreason, checks each rider's ID before allowing them to cross the top of the dam. Carol is getting checked here.

    Leaving the dam. Photo by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com.
    Leaving the dam

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